Hello friends! First off, tonight, I want to say a huge thank you for the wonderful feedback about my talk! In case you missed it, I’ll link it below! But just wanted to express my gratitude for the wonderful words of encouragement and love. I’ve been floating on Cloud Nine all weekend.
Any way — onto the post!
If there’s one thing I love about NYC, it’s the abundance of fun and interesting opportunities that will spontaneously present themselves.
Culturally, socially, philanthropically, professionally — it’s a melting pot of sorts.
Well, last week – I had the pleasure of attending the Young Adult Mass at the one and only St. Patrick’s Cathedral. It was super fun – the church is packed with young people, and then afterwards they rent out a bar and you go and mingle and dance — it’s pretty fun.
Well — anyways. The priest said something at the very end of mass that really stuck with me: He said, “Go and be the order in the chaos.”
Be the order in the chaos.
What a thing to say to a bunch of millennial New Yorkers huh? I mean, you haven’t seen chaos until you’ve tried navigating the subway during rush hour on a Friday!
But truly though, the state of our world is truly unprecedented. I was recently talking to my dad about this — how things are just absolutely helter skelter. Politically (I mean, hello — impeachment efforts??); Environmentally, there’s a war on plastic straws; Culturally, we are torn at the seams over truly important issues — like government, immigration, the sanctity of life, family values, international relations, etc; I mean I could go on and on!
Just turn on the news for 30 seconds and you’ll be bombarded with the chaos we’re facing on all fronts.
Be the order in the chaos.
During my talks in Memphis, I had a Q&A portion at the end, and I was really blown away by the insightful questions people posed.
But on Sunday – I was asked a particularly poignant question by a gentleman — and he asked how it is to be in the acting business as a Christian. And how do I live out my faith in that arena?
I mean wow — what a question.
I think we’ve all got our own specific forms of chaos in our lives, right? Maybe it’s the politics on the school board, or keeping your kids’ schedules straight and running them around from one activity to the next. Or maybe it’s maintaining a straight and narrow recovery path, or XYZ…we’ve all got our own personal chaos.
And for me, navigating the messy, godless entertainment industry where roles call for nudity, or characters that completely go against what I believe — chaotic doesn’t even come close to describing what it’s like.
And as a result, I have to choose carefully the roles that I choose to accept, and as a result it has really limited what I do — to the tune of pretty much solely doing commercials and kids educational videos. — Which to be clear, I’m very grateful for.
But the second part of his question really hits on what the priest instructed us to do: to be the order in the chaos.
While I can’t say I’ve ever tried to evangelize in the casting offices of New York, I do try to live my life in a way that makes people ask, “What’s different.”
I’m not a very “in your face” kind of Christian. Which is why I practically got stress hives when I went and prayed outside of the Planned Parenthood on NYU’s campus.
But it’s safe to say, I’m more of an actions-speak-louder-than-words kind of gal.
But don’t let that discount the power of quietly visibly living your faith, rather than blaring the trumpets. Because much like The Butterfly Effect, you never know what one positive interaction or one display of Christ’s love can do.
I never want my faith to be combative or off putting. I never want to force it on anyone, or be such a bombastic display that it makes people feel uncomfortable.
Because, real talk: we’re living in a time where “religion” and “faith” are seen as so antiquated, and close minded. People frankly don’t want anything to do with it.
I want my faith to be attractive. To invite people to wonder where I get my joy? Where my peace comes from? Because it’s in a one-on-one interaction, where a person is genuinely listening and wants to know the answer that hearts soften and change.
Not over a loud speaker, or in a shouting match in the Facebook comments section.
It’s in the order. It’s in the peace. It’s in the extra patience or grace you show someone. It’s responding with love and compassion rather than judgement or harsh confrontation. It’s trying to lessen tension with a spirit of understanding and peace. It’s finding joy in the ordinary. Be the order in the chaos.
May this week the Holy Spirit bless us with the fruits of His Spirit, so we can be that order in the chaos: Be His Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control in a world that could use a whole heck of a lot more of these.
“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5
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